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The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln - Stephen L. Carter
The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
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From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past   Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the... show more
From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park and New England White, a daring reimagining of one of the most tumultuous moments in our nation’s past   Stephen L. Carter’s thrilling new novel takes as its starting point an alternate history: President Abraham Lincoln survives the assassination attempt at Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865. Two years later he is charged with overstepping his constitutional authority, both during and after the Civil War, and faces an impeachment trial . . . Twenty-one-year-old Abigail Canner is a young black woman with a degree from Oberlin, a letter of employment from the law firm that has undertaken Lincoln’s defense, and the iron-strong conviction, learned from her late mother, that “whatever limitations society might place on ordinary negroes, they would never apply to her.” And so Abigail embarks on a life that defies the norms of every stratum of Washington society: working side by side with a white clerk, meeting the great and powerful of the nation, including the president himself.  But when Lincoln’s lead counsel is found brutally murdered on the eve of the trial, Abigail is plunged into a treacherous web of intrigue and conspiracy reaching the highest levels of the divided government. Here is a vividly imagined work of historical fiction that captures the emotional tenor of post–Civil War America, a brilliantly realized courtroom drama that explores the always contentious question of the nature of presidential authority, and a galvanizing story of political suspense.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780307272638 (030727263X)
Publisher: Knopf
Pages no: 516
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
2.0 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
I almost didn't finish this but I kept reading because I couldn't believe the author was doing what I thought he was doing. He was.I guess I don't understand the point of this book, he's changed history just enough to get a few more years out of Lincoln, but explicitly made sure that made no differe...
Novel Tease
Novel Tease rated it
3.0
I enjoy historical fiction, and I enjoy alternate-history even more, and this one was done very well. The premise is simple: suppose Lincoln did not die in Booth's assassination attempt? Would those who impeached Andrew Johnson, his successor, have impeached Lincoln instead?It all made sense, and th...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it
2.0 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
I'm not sure if I'll write a longer review about this one at some point. I'd give it a 2.5 stars. Some parts I liked, but overall I found the story going on for too long, with too many legal intricacies to my liking. I could've done with just a few less of those.
Will's Reading List
Will's Reading List rated it
4.0 The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln
Intricately woven, richly informed, and as plausible as anything in contemporary history, "The Impeachment" is a mix of courtroom drama and traditional mystery that aspires -- and achieves -- to be entertaining genre fiction, a study of American race relations, a recognition of women as political pr...
The Surly Dragon
The Surly Dragon rated it
Enjoyed this book. Part alternate history, part mystery. Great book if you like those genres.
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